A QLD public school prevented five and six-year-old kids from attending a pirate show because their parents didn’t pay a voluntary levy.

Ashmore State School on the Gold Coast sent its new Enrichment Experiences Policy to parents in February detailing the $110 student resources scheme.

Parents were told if they did not pay the fee in full their children would be excluded from school activities, the Daily Mail shared.

Under the scheme any student who falls below a 93 per cent attendance rate would also be excluded from school activities.

The school hosted a pirate show on Thursday and a number of students were told the could not attend because their parents had not paid the resources fee.

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‘Many parents didn’t even see the email and weren’t aware that getting their child to school five or 10 minutes late would have such a huge impact, and have now found the school less than helpful regarding the matter,’ one mother told the publication.

‘When parents expressed their concern and outrage about this absolute absurdity, they were told that their children were still welcome to dress up for pirate day, but would still be separated from their classrooms when the pirate show is on.’

A spokesperson from the Queensland Department of Education said enrichment experience fees were a separate entity to regular school fees and fees for excursions.

‘Children who will not be taking part in the enrichment experience will be provided alternative activities. Parents who have questions or concerns about student requirements at their school are encouraged to speak with their child’s school principal,’ the spokesperson said.

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  • I am extremely glad they are now providing Breakfast for children at schools!!!! But their is more to support and provide to those who need it most, such as children. No one should ever get left behind is my motto! The government should have such things as policies in place for circumstances like this as the one mentioned in the article, so every child gets to receive the same experience in education and fun activity, even if it is a Pirate Show! Damage to child can be caused. No one should ever get left behind!!!!


  • I think this is quite unfair and stigmatising. I pay my fees and make an effort to get the kids to school on time – but who knows what problems other people are dealing with?


  • I feel sorry for these students but if it was clear in the enrolment information then that’s the way it is. Get your kids to school on time like everyone else and pay your fees. Schools aren’t free!


  • I think anything that punishes kids for something their parents did or didn’t do is unfair. It’s heartbreaking. I also don’t like the attendance thing. I don’t think a day off should be counted if the child is too sick for school. Even if they wanted proof to not count the day towards the % tally (could still be recorded just not used against the family) like getting a doctor’s certificate or something. Being punished for being sick or not having money right away for certain things is cruel. Would the school prefer the kids to go to school and spread their ailment around for everyone to enjoy? Or the child to go without food or electricity so their school fees are paid promptly? They should get the chance to show they will pay it, making a deposit perhaps.


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